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Ouch! Avoiding the Aches and Pains

Ways to Save Your Body

-- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor
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Just as tight hips can cause pain in your lower back, tight hamstrings can cause pain in your knees. A proper cool down and stretch following your workout will also help increase your flexibility and prevent stiffness. See our Fitness Resource Center for ideas.

Shoulders
Shoulders can be a problem for many people, especially those who do a lot of overhead lifting. Check out the article on strengthening the shoulder.

Our bodies are very complex, but we actually have a lot of power to take care of the nagging aches and pains that can affect us. Take the time to incorporate these exercises into your fitness routine to help you lead a happier and healthier life.
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Joe, an exercise enthusiast, is a certified physical fitness instructor and high school soccer coach.

Member Comments

  • I am just beginning to exercise after left knee 40% meniscus removal and one of the things that is hard on the knees are the squats and lunges. If you have knee problems ask your doctor first otherwise you could be injuring your knees further. I was told I will never squat again but I can find ways around that. Also heavy lifting will cause bad knees to get worse. Just can't take all articals at face value. - 3/11/2014 3:27:21 PM
  • PUSSYCAT58
    I need to lose weight but I eat a lot of my husbands snacks plus I eat a lot of yogurt and cranberries and bananas I cant do a lot of thing because of my back I have a degenerative back disc and I get axienty serve attacks on foods drinks I drink a lot of cranberry juices every day I cant lift anything pass two pounds my husband takes the laundry down stairs and brings it back up when done walking one block hurts my hips I don't work I use to weigh 135 7 yrs ago have too much stress when I cook meals I only cook enough for my husband I give him my half for his lunch for work but I all do eat is lots of cranberrys and bananas and yogurts though the day and when I am bored I usally eat my husband snacks - 11/24/2013 9:12:19 PM
  • Save the article will go back and use it. I have a problem with my left knee it gives out on me sometimes. - 6/11/2013 8:17:06 AM
  • I'm curious about the lunges and squats for knee pain....I understand the need to strengthen the muscles but I have heard that these exercises can aggravate bad knees. I definitely need to help in this area so if lunges and squats are okay, I am up for it! - 6/4/2013 8:09:26 PM
  • We need to get away from the NO PAIN NO GAIN mentality that they teach us about exercise. Pain and soreness are quite different. If its pain, then something is wrong. - 3/18/2013 11:09:22 AM
  • Thanks so much for this article! I was just about to do a search for 'knee pain' - but I didn't have to. Saving this article to reference these exercises frequently! - 7/9/2012 7:41:00 PM
  • I did over an hour yesterday on the treadmill. Now my lower leg hurts. :( - 7/9/2012 10:28:59 AM
  • I agree with CJNKATHYG. My low back is such that if I started with exercises like the one with the swiss ball I wouldn't be able to walk after that - it would wreck my back for at least a week maybe longer!! Even the first one if I lifted my leg back too far it would put my back in spasm. I have to be soooo careful. The cat stretch (stretching back on hands and knees) suits me best and one knee at a time to my chest. I can also do very light cardio sessions. - 1/8/2012 9:46:53 AM
  • I like the animation. For some reason, reading words and pictures just doesn't do it for me but watching sure does. - 7/15/2010 8:36:07 AM
  • CJNKATHYG
    The premise of this article is absolutely correct. However, if you are completely out of shape and your joints are already feeling the pressure, these exercises are too difficult to start on immediately. These would be good if there were some good stretching exercises to start with for at least 2 weeks (or longer), followed by basic strengthening exercises, then upgrading to these exercises. If you have allowed your body to lose tone and muscle strength and you are having pain in the joint areas, you need to start slowly allowing your muscles to take stress off of the joints. Having said this, it is amazing how fast your body will start to respond. It is necessary to take it to the next level as soon as possible to really start to feel the benefits. Thank you for a great article. You have reminded me that I have to get started again. - 7/11/2010 2:30:09 PM
  • This old girl still learns new tricks. This is the first time in years I have not been to the gym for strength training. I bought a treadmill and have been playing on that. Of course I don't stretch! Well my back has been killing me for weeks. I thought it was my bed so I have been sleeping on the floor. My lower back just nags & nags. Tight hips from running! That's what it is. Ok, squats, leg lifts, lunges here I come. Thank you, thank you for writing this!
    - 7/11/2010 10:15:08 AM
  • I really appreciated this article, Have not been able to get a good stretch for knee discomfort. Will apply the excercises. - 2/6/2010 9:51:55 AM
  • This article is very helpful. I have injured myself working out in the past and would like to prevent future injuries. This is a great tool! - 11/1/2009 12:09:48 PM
  • I appreciated this article. I took up kickboxing a while back and was so excited about it --- then I was injured by my stronger and more aggressive partner, who kicked me in the left pinkie repeatedly. I haven't been back because the finger just won't seem to heal, even though it's been weeks. And I'm afraid of getting hurt again. I'm disappointed this didn't work out for me. I wish there were a class for beginners that would go a little slower and match people better. - 7/14/2009 4:09:04 PM
  • I loved this article. I have oesteoarthritis and the exercises and suggestions from the article on how to decrease knee pain was very helpful. I have saved the article in my favorites so I can refer to it each day. - 7/12/2009 9:22:39 AM
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